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Re: Topmax for Migraines Snoozy

Posted by Sprgrvr on June 24, 2003, at 16:29:35

In reply to Re: Topmax for Migraines Sprgrvr, posted by Snoozy on June 24, 2003, at 14:46:05

I went to an adult neurologist back in 1997 at which time I had an MRI for my migraines. She apparently was looking for something physical to attribute the pain to and when nothing resulted pretty much told me that I was causing my own headaches. My GP put me on the painkillers and advised me to try other theories which I mentioned before. Since then, I arrange my school work around my headaches, got used to changing my plans midstream, always have drugs on me, take four Advil with my vitamin C every morning hoping it will stop most of whatever I'm in store for, and stay away from my triggers.

It wasn't until my mother started talking to my sister's doctor about my migraines that I toyed with the idea of being a guinea pig for my headaches again. When a doctor tells me I'm someone who just has to live with the pain, I'm naive enough to believe them.

I also have blackout spells to which another doctor told me I'm just a person who blacks out. With my last blackout, which resulted in a concussion, my new gp (who happens to be a FNP and a keeper) started putting me through an onslaught of testing. She encouraged me to see a neurologist among other specialists. Fortunately, I'm single and my insurance hasn't complained yet.

I'm a fairly healthy individual despite my migraines and hate doctors. I don't know what questions to ask and, since I believe everything they say, I avoid them so I don't have to hear it. I've pretty good luck recently, except my reaction to Lamictal, and haven't experienced hardly any side-effects to the Topomax (cross my fingers).


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